Farmingdale: How To Overcome Back Pain

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How has having a baby boy influenced my life as a PT? Frank, Jr (or Frankie) is my third child so I was already used to switching roles between mother, wife, and therapist however, switching between roles as mother of a newborn and mother of 5 year old twins is not as easy as it sounds. Balancing the wants and needs of all three of my children with the necessary tasks of keeping my house running was exhausting to say the least, and when Frankie was about 5 weeks old I felt my throat getting scratchy and my nose getting stuffed; “I can’t get sick, I don’t have time!” I thought. Thankfully it was the weekend and my husband let me sleep in and nap which helped prevent the head cold from taking hold. So being a mom of three has brought my own health back into focus; reminding me of the importance of preventative care. I must take care of myself first so that I can take the best care possible of my family and my patients. What was it like being 8 months pregnant and working as a PT? In one word...EXHAUSTING! I was 8 months pregnant and the mother of twins! Working as a PT while pregnant with twins, I was limited by the size of my baby bump (which was quite large); I also suffered from fatigue in my last trimester which limited my work schedule. I thought being pregnant with a singleton would be a piece of cake by comparison; I was wrong. Being 5 years older with a body that had already endured a twin pregnancy turned out to be far from sweet and delicious. I had to find a way to combat the swelling in my legs, the strain on my back, and the fatigue in my head. Compression socks made my legs feel stronger, medical massage eased the tension in my back, and as for the fatigue, well, at least my doctor said it was safe for me to have one cup of coffee per day while pregnant!

What is your favorite memory with your son so far? Being a third child myself, I know that my sweet Frankie will have few things that are solely his; as is such with my favorite memory with him. The first time the twins, Giovanni & Sophia, came into my hospital room after Frankie was born. I was holding Frankie and his big brother and big sister

climbed into my bed to peek over the edges of the receiving blanket to see their new baby brother. He opened his big eyes and then turned toward Sophia as she stroked his cheek. The love between siblings was visible. If you could give your son one piece of advice, what would it be? Take long naps! In all seriousness though, it would be not to take yourself too seriously. I believe the only way to get through life and not loose your mind it to find the humor in a situation. Life is too short to let the bad things drag you down. Find a way to smile and things start getting better. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends with your son? The best weekend is when the sun is shining and we can get out of the house as a family; we love picnic lunches and bike rides in the park, watching the boats in the marina or playing on the playground. In the first few weeks home, we noticed that when Frankie was in his pack and play, he would stare out the window at the leaves moving on the trees; this would often help calm him when he got fussy. Being out in the fresh air brings a smile to his chubby little face instantly and the

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HOW TO OVERCOME BACK PAIN “Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?”


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• Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine with poor lifting • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips and muscles of the thighs • Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles Most people do not seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our spine specialists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life.

Discussing Back Pain Relief with Henry Butch Purslow, DPT, PT.

Dear Valued Client,

Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left


untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal joint and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you. Why do I have Back Pain? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spine and core muscles of the trunk • Poor posture and strain on the spine with slouched sitting


Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself... Many aches, pains and injuries can be attributed to inappropriate footwear. As wewalkandstand the forceof the impact is transferred first to our feet and then up our leg to the core. The foot needs to be in the correct position to properly and effectively absorb and transfer those forces without causing injury or fatigue.

Putting Charley Horses to Bed... Ever get jolted awake by a severe pain in your lower leg? You’re not alone; getting a so-called “charley horse” is a common complaint we hear in the clinic. Quite simply, a charley horse is sudden and severe muscle cramp in the calf or foot muscles.Onceyou’re joltedawake inpain, all you can think about is relief, so think

SHAM; stretch, heat, ambulate, massage. Gently flexing your foot so your toes point up will help stretch the calf, as will standing with slight pressure on your foot. Moist heat and gentle massage along the muscle fibers (an up and down motion between the ankle and knee) can also relieve symptoms and allow the muscle to relax. Once symptoms have begun to resolve slow walking helps stretch the muscle in a functional way and increases circulation to the affected area. Now that you’ve made it to sunrise...start thinking prevention! Commonly Charley Horse cramps occur due to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, or repetitive muscle use. So if muscle cramps are keeping you awake...drink up! Our muscles need water to carry out chemical reactions essential to healthy function. An extra glass or two of water per day can do wonders for our body.Those chemical reactions that cause our muscles contract and relax also require a number of minerals to be carried out successfully, so add a balanced diet or electrolyte sports drink into your daily diet. The by-products of all those chemical reactions can accumulate in overworked muscles causing cramps as well. The best way to relax an overworked muscle and help clear out all that waste is light stretching. Before climbing into bed each night, doingsome lightstretchescanhelp increasebloodflowandeasediscomfort.Gently roll your ankles in clockwise and counterclockwise circles 20 times and “pump” your ankles up and down, pointing and flexing your foot, 20 times. Then lay back, hold behind your thigh and gently straighten and bend your knee 10 times. Now you’re ready to turn off the light and drift off to dreamland...sweet dreams! Parmesan-Crusted Z u cchini Fries Directions Prepare A Healthy Dish For The Next Tailgate!

Unsupportive footwear not only contributes to sprains, strains, and injuries of the foot and ankle; but can also cause your legs and feet to feel more fatigued and sore by the end of the day. As a PT I would love to see everyone in a quality, supportive, rubber soled walking sneaker all day, every day; however that’s not practical or realistic, and certainly not stylish. It’s important to consider multiple factors when selecting your footwear. The main factor is whether or not you have a healthy, uninjured foot. While an injury is healing you should always opt for the most supportive and quality shoe. Healthy feet are allowed more options which leads to the next factor to consider: activity level. If you’re going to be on your feet all day walking, standing, climbing stairs, or going over unstable & uneven surfaces then you’ll need a supportive, quality shoe. The final factor is the type of activity you will be participating in; no one expects you to wear sneakers to the beach or a wedding, but likewise you shouldn’t be walking the mall for hours in flip-flops or high heels. Shoes like flip-flops, sandals, high heels, and loafers should be reserved for short duration wear during occasions that leave you no other choice. Many professions require dressy footwear; if that is the case, consider commuting in sneakers and changing your shoes at your desk, limiting the height of your heels, and search for the most supportive version of your desired style of shoe.

9 Ingredients • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper • 1 large egg, beaten • 3 small zucchini (1 1/4 pounds) • Cooking spray • 1/2 cup tomato-basil pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 450°. Combine Parmesan cheese, panko, garlic powder, basil and red pepper in a small shallow bowl. Place egg in a separate shallow bowl. Trim ends from zucchini; cut each zucchini in half crosswise. Quarter each zucchini half lengthwise to make 24 zucchini sticks. Dip zucchini in egg; dredge in panko mixture; pressing to coat. Place zuchini on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Coat tops of zucchini with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with pasta sauce.

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The client I’m most excited to see utilize our Alter-G are our former patients. For some patients they simply get back to their pre-injury routine at the gym or on the track, but for many patients, especially

“ Whatdo I thinkofFarmingdalePhysicalTherapy West? Simply, it is the best PT practice around! Butch and his crew: therapists, assistants, aides and staff are all top notch! Butch combines years of practical experience with a deft and clever wit which makes the workouts entertaining as well as effective. Be assured, beneath Butch’s genial witand I’ll-be-here-all-week-folks,-folksdemeanor, there is a fierce professionalism and an almost supernaturalknowledge.Whatever theailmentor obstacle, Butch knows what will fix the problem.

our older patients, they struggle to remain active and maintain the improvements they saw with therapy, while being safe. This is where the Alter-G can swoop in like Superman and save the day! We offer Alter-G packages here at FPTW that anyone can purchase, even if you’re not a patient or never have been. There is no prescription necessary to come into our office and use the Alter-G. Licensed physical therapists are always on hand to answer any questions you may have and offer guidance. Call the front desk today at 516-731-3583 and schedule an appointment to step into the Alter-G and “up, up, and away!”

And when he adds his ubiquitous ‘Big Dog’ or ‘Go easy on my knee, you monster’, I know all will be well. When my brother and I brought our mom to Butch for treatment, he managed to get a smile out of her at a time when she had so little to smile about. Sucharehisgiftsofhealingboth thephysicalandemotional. Itcanbenocoincidence that so many future physical therapists intern at Farmingdale PhysicalTherapy West, or that so many of the aides in the practice are studying physical therapy themselves. Butch’s clinic is a warm and welcoming place for everyone, and the perfect place to learn theartandcraftofPT.FarmingdalePTWest isnota familyaffairsimplybecause Butch’s wife Gloria (“Glo”), daughter Jillian, and son Rich also work there; the family consists in thebondamong therapists,aides,staffand themany,manypatientseach ofwhom is treatedwith individualattentionandgenuineaffection.WhileFarmingdale PhysicalTherapyWestmayhave theonlyAlter-Gapparatusaround, itsgreatestasset is its people. Everyone-everyone-who works there contributes to the particular magic that is Farmingdale Physical Therapy West. I consider myself lucky to be treated by Farmingdale Physical Therapy West-the best PT practice by far!” - Robert F.

Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.


SUPPORTED BRIDGE Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by the finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times. Strengthens Lower Back Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

CALL TODAY! 516-731-3583 Ifyouareclose toorhavemetyour insurancedeductible for theyear, thennow is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches & pains? Need to work onyourcore?Letushelpyougetaheadstart for2018.Contactus today toschedule your appointment. An insurancedeductible istheamountofmoneythatyoumustpaybeforeyour insurance companypaysforyourmedicalservices.Ifyourdeductible ismet,yourPhysicalTherapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeriesorhaveachronic illnessareespecially likelytohavea$0balanceremaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan.


We will be hosting two FREE workshops! Our Stretching workshop will be held Thursday, October 26th, at 5:30PM at the Ronkonkoma location. Our Balance & Fall Prevention workshop will be held Tuesday, November 14th, at 5:30PM at the Bethpage location. These FREE workshops consist of informational sessions with a physical therapist. They will listen to you about your problem and how it impacts you. They will take measurements to test how well you are moving and test your strength. After your exam, they will give you a written copy of: • The cause of your problem • A plan for what successful treatment looks like These workshops are ideal for people suffering with pain from: If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down stairs, getting in or out of the car, sleeping or driving then you should attend these FREE workshops! • Balance

WHO’S ELIGIBLE? • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 2 months. • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated. • All loved ones, family, or friends of our past and present patients. • Any stubborn spouses who have been complaining of back pain especially. CALL TODAY! 516-731-3583 Don’t Delay Register For Your FREE Appointment Today! Appointments are free but limited; Only 20 Spots Available. The first 10 people who RSVP and attend this workshop will receive a complimentary bottle of Biofreeze.

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